Omaha, Private 1st class, Army
Memory: “This photograph of my brother, John Benak (left), and me brings back the memory of the day we spent together in Yokohama, Japan. I had just arrived by ship from the United States and was to deploy for active duty the next day in Seoul, Korea. My brother was already in Yokohama awaiting his deployment to Kumwha Valley in Korea. Yet both of us, far from home, were able to connect and spend brief but memorable family time together.
“I would soon land in the port of Inchon. We built our base on the site of an old Olympic stadium. I was a cartographer with the 98th Engineers stationed in Seoul. My assignment included developing maps and photo outlays for forward reconnaissance and intelligence. At the end of my tour, I returned to civilian life with my wife and baby daughter in Omaha.
“John served as a squad leader in the 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Division. He retired from the Army in 1968 after spending more than 20 years in the service.”
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